Dermal Fillers (Restylane®)
Dermal fillers correct volume loss and rejuvenate facial contours.
Aging is a natural phenomenon and over time, facial contours change gradually. Volume is lost in the temple, forehead and cheeks, while the appearance of skin laxity in the jawline and lower face increases.
Often the nasolabial folds (the lines that move downwards from the outer nostrils towards the corners of the moth); and oral commissure creases (the actual corners of the mouth), appear deeper due to the laxity of the cheeks.
Collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid levels in the skin gradually decrease, contributing to the appearance of fine or deep lines, creases, and areas of flattening or volume loss.
Dermal fillers are natural way to restore volume and contour.
Dermal fillers correct volume loss and improve contour throughout the face and hands using a stabilized form of hyaluronic acid (HA). Dermal fillers mimic your body's own hyaluronic acid by providing volume and fullness.
The most popular brands of dermal fillers include Restylane®, Restylane® Lyft, Restylane® Silk, Juvederm®, Voluma®, and Belotero®.
Restylane® was the first dermal filler to receive approval in the United States in 2004. Also, Restylane® is currently the only dermal filler approved for lip enhancement or lip augmentation.
Dermal fillers are most commonly used for:
- Adding volume to the cheeks and chin contours, forehead and nose
- Filling facial hollows and sunken areas under the eyes
- Reducing “sad mouth” syndrome (oral commissure creases)
- Alleviating crow’s fee and forehead wrinkles
- Lip augmentation and lip contouring
Developing a dermal filler Treatment Plan:
Whatever aesthetic enhancement you are seeking, the best-looking outcome is always a natural one. You want to look like an improved version of yourself – and not make it obvious that you’ve “had work done”.
Your aesthetic provider will perform a critical analysis of the natural balance and proportion of your face to develop a plan that addresses specific concerns, while preserving your own unique facial characteristics. During your initial consultation your provider will develop a plan of care that reflects the final outcome you desire, and your time frame and budget.
Dermal filler treatments can be subtle or more significant depending upon your comfort level. Often, more than one treatment session may be needed to achieve your desired results. HA fillers are also reversible, which adds to their appeal for first-time patients. Most also contain lidocaine, an anesthetic, which greatly minimizes treatment discomfort.
Most patients experience some degree of cosmetic downtime after a filler treatment, including some mild bruising, swelling and transient redness. Because it may take a few weeks for the results of the treatment to be fully realized, it is important to plan filler treatments in advance of important social events. The application of topical ice prior to and after treatment, as well as the use of a topical anesthetic enhances comfort and reduces swelling and downtime.
How long does the effect of dermal filler last?
Most dermal fillers last between 6-12 months or longer, depending on the facial location in which they are placed. Fillers placed in the lips tend to last an average of 6 months or so, while filler placed in the hands, under eye area or temple region can last up to a year or more.